Folkestone 'leaky' library forced to close for emergency repairs after water pours through roof

Contributed by editor on Jun 15, 2019 - 01:05 PM

Notice of closure  Photo: Ray Duff


By Ray Duff

Following the recent ongoing closures of the upper floors of Folkestone Library due to water ingress above the main stairwell after heavy rain, it has now been forced to close completely for urgent repairs to the roof and internal structures.

Scaffolding has been erected on the north side of the Grade 2 listed building, which was opened in 1888.

It is hoped the emergency work will begin next week and will last for no more than three weeks.

Scaffolding in the foreground ready to be erected at Folkestone Library  Photo: Ray Duff

The library has been closed completely and it is understood the libraries at Cheriton, Wood Avenue and Hythe could have some extended opening hours during the closure but anyone wishing to access to the Peter Davies Heritage Room will have to await the reopening.

Please check KCC Libraries website for latest information or online archive materials.

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